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Daily IU News Round-Up

Aug. 19, 2011

IU Scientist Lands Defense Grant
InsideINdianaBusiness, UPI, HealthNewsDigest, Aug. 17 -- An Indiana University scientist studying human bone growth has received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study a chemical compound with potential to fight osteoporosis and accelerate broken bone healing. Hiroki Yokota, professor of biomedical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and adjunct professor of anatomy and cell biology at the IU School of Medicine, will investigate the effect of salubrinal -- a chemical compound originally developed to encourage insulin production in individuals with diabetes -- on human bone strength and growth. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Athletics, health care clinic on IU trustees' agenda
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- Athletic facilities and budgets, a new round of cost benchmarking and an update on establishing a health care clinic in Bloomington are among the agenda items to be considered when the Indiana University Board of Trustees meets Thursday and Friday at the University Place Conference Center on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Full story.

IU dedicates Glick Eye Institute today
The Indianapolis Star, Aug. 19 -- When Eugene and Marilyn Glick gave the Indiana University School of Medicine $30 million four years ago, they said they hoped to help create one of the world's top 10 eye-care programs. The school will take a step toward that goal today with the unveiling of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute. Full story.

Plans for IU health care clinic system taking shape
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 19 -- A pilot health care project using four proposed clinic sites in Bloomington was presented to the Indiana University trustees Thursday. Human resources head Dan Rives told the trustees that the plan looks to improve access to health care for IU employees and their families and as a result, it should help contain cost increases. Full story.

Lugar Center Appoints New Director Report, Aug. 18 -- The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI has named a new director. Peter Schubert has more than 25 years experience in energy industry and research. Full story.

Indiana's economy to remain sluggish, report says
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- Continuing a downward trend in 2011, the Leading Index for Indiana "stumbled" in July, according to experts at the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The index, a monthly measure of Indiana's economic health in several key sectors used to predict changes in the direction of the economy, fell three-tenths of a point in July, from 96.5 to 96.2 in July. Full story.

Naming Challenges: When and Why to Consider a Brand Makeover, Aug. 18 -- In January, Indiana University Health Goshen changed its name from Goshen Health System to better reflect a 10-year-old partnership between the system and IU Health. While the partnership wasn't new, research found that consumers did not know the health system had an academic affiliation, leading to the change in name. Full story.

Company finds higher calling in managing church's finances, Aug. 18 -- Donations to religious organizations gained 0.8 percent in 2010, according to Giving USA 2011, a report published by the Giving USA Foundation. The report, researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, found "houses of worship across most denominations generally saw very slow growth in charitable donations from congregants." Full story.

IU voices in the news

Alternatives to expulsion a necessity
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 17 -- On the heels of revised school safety policies came a renewed scrutiny of school disciplinary policies. Yet research by scholars such as Indiana University professor of counseling and educational psychology Russ Skiba revealed that "zero tolerance" punishments for a wide range of behaviors thought to be precursors to violence weren't really making schools any safer, and exclusionary disciplinary policies weren't helping students reform their behavior. Full story.

Adults returning to school should develop a flexible set of skills
Phoenix Business Journal, Aug. 19 -- About 44 percent of American adults are taking some form of continuing education, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Should you join their ranks? It depends. The first step is to analyze your situation carefully, said Henry Merrill, an associate professor emeritus at Indiana University and president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Full story.

A new world after 9/11, Aug. 19 -- Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Islamic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. This article is part of a series marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 written for the Common Ground News Service. Full story.

Strapped viewers are cutting cable
The Indianapolis Star, Aug. 19 -- David Waterman, an Indiana University telecommunications professor who specializes in media economics, said people who are ditching cable for Internet are in the minority because cable still offers a full range of programming -- largely sports-related -- not available online. The industry is not in any real danger yet, he said, because most people still want the programs that are offered solely on TV. Full story.

Lauren Spierer news

Parents share new pictures of missing IU student Lauren Spierer, Aug. 17 -- Eyewitness News has obtained new pictures of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer as investigators continue their search of a Vigo County landfill for evidence leading to her disappearance. Desperation has turned to frustration for Lauren's parents. Full story.

Lauren Spierer's parents leave Bloomington for family occasion; to return next week
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- Robert and Charlene Spierer returned to their Scarsdale, N.Y., home to celebrate their daughter Rebecca's 25th birthday, confirmed Rabbi Sue Silberberg of the Hillel Center. The Spierers left Indiana on Wednesday and will return early next week. Full story.

Lauren Spierer search: More than 1,000 tons of landfill trash combed by investigators
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 18 -- On the second and third day of the search, an estimated 50 to 60 truckloads of trash -- each weighing between nine and 10 tons -- were combed by investigators each day, according to Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff. The search is projected to take two weeks. Full story.

From the Chronicle

Do Them No Favors, Tell Them No Lies
We need to give our students the opportunity to develop to their true potential. We need to teach them how to actually succeed. And this means setting reasonable yet high standards, training them to meet those standards, and holding them accountable for doing so, and throughout their student careers supplying them with honest evaluations of their performance. Full story.

Women Value Higher Education More Highly Than Men Do, Survey Finds
At a time when women are consistently outperforming men in college enrollment and completion, women tend to value higher education more highly than men do and believe it has had a more positive impact on their lives, according to the results of a survey that was released on Wednesday. Full story.

The Buck Stops Near: Presidents Are Seldom Among Sports Scandals' Casualties
The annals of major college sports scandals are littered with the damaged careers of coaches and athletics directors, but surprisingly few presidents lose their jobs in connection with NCAA infractions cases. While it may be cold comfort for Donna E. Shalala, who as president of the University of Miami is dealing with some of the most serious allegations in the history of college sports, Ms. Shalala's odds of surviving the scandal are pretty good, if recent history is any indicator. Full story.

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